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The team at Gradplus are pleased to provide you with coverage of the key issues and stories in the graduate sector.


Graduates jobs news: 'Hard cash for soft skills'

Employers are looking for more than just a relevant degree when it comes to graduate jobs, it has been claimed.

The Independent reports comments by Richard Wainer, head of education and skills at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), who explained that employers are looking for good all-round abilities. read more...


Students 'considering boosting graduate job prospects through gap years'

Those looking for graduate jobs are increasingly considering taking a gap year to help boost their chances, according to new research.

A study by TMP Worldwide shows 42 per cent of final year students think they will probably take time out after university and 12 per cent of them state they definitely will, reports Consultant News. read more...


Financial services firms 'look to widen appeal of graduate jobs'

Financial services firms are increasingly looking to widen their appeal to ethnic minority graduate job hunters, it has been claimed.

The Independent reports companies in the sector are increasingly concerned they appear as institutions largely staffed by white males. read more...


PwC 'top for graduate jobs'

PricewaterhouseCoopers has been named the top place for graduate jobs for the fifth year running, it has been revealed.

The financial services firm topped the Times list of 100 best graduate employers, which is based on interviews with students who left university this summer. read more...


Evidence of skills 'vital for graduate jobs'

Those looking for graduate jobs should make sure they can present evidence of their skills to a potential employer, according to one expert.

Speaking to the Times, Fiona Sandford, director of the careers services at the London School of Economics, explains that this can be done by getting involved in a range of activities while studying. read more...


Students 'want challenging graduate jobs'

Those looking for graduate jobs are seeking careers which challenge them on a daily basis, a new study has found.

According to the UK Graduate Careers Survey 2008, other priorities include working towards a professional qualification, contact with clients and customers and the opportunity for quick promotion, reports the Times. read more...


Part-time work 'can lead to graduate jobs'

People who take on part-time work after university should use it to boost their chances of getting a graduate job in their chosen field, according to one expert. read more...


Gap years 'must be planned to boost graduate job chances'

People planning a gap year should choose carefully if they want to gain skills which will come in useful when applying for a graduate job, it has been claimed.

Speaking to the Guardian, Richard Oliver, chief executive of the Year Out Group, explained that simply travelling is not enough to impress prospective employers. read more...


Leadership and negotiation skills 'important for graduate jobs'

Those looking to boost their prospects in the graduate jobs market should look at improving their leadership and negotiation skills, one expert believes.

According to Martyn Sloman, learning and development advisor at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), "everybody" is lacking in these skills. read more...


Soft skills 'vital for graduate jobs'

So-called 'soft' skills are vital to those looking for graduate jobs, it has been claimed.

Writing for the Guardian, Linda Nordling tells the story of Max Robson who, according to the newspaper fits the government's requirements for "the perfect graduate". read more...

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